Introduction to Seniors Residences
Seniors Residences provide accommodation and varying levels of care and supportive services in a home-like, residential setting. Services typically include meals, social and recreational programs, 24-hour emergency response, laundry and housekeeping services, supervision or administration of medications and varying degrees of assistance with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and routines. Nursing services may or may not be provided. Costs to residents are market driven and, in some cases, may be subsidized by government programs.
Tips on Choosing Seniors Residences
Finding an appropriate Seniors Residence can be a very time-consuming and rather daunting task, but you're already off to a great start with The Care Guide. You can do additional research using TheCareGuide.com.
When making a decision to choose a Seniors Residence, you should keep the following in mind:
- You, the person affected by the decision and key family members should be involved in the process.
- Making important life choices can be emotionally stressful and may strain relationships. Assign one family member to assist with all the necessary decisions and arrangements.
Considerations in selecting an appropriate Seniors Residence include its location - proximity to community amenities such as hospitals and churches, the availability of transportation for shopping, outings and medical appointments. The quality of food, safety and security issues, the cleanliness of the Seniors Residence, the breadth of social and recreational activities offered and the Seniors Residence's ability to meet your needs or those of you loved now and as needs change, are other important factors.
Seniors Residences can vary in terms of the programs, services and levels of care provided, so it is important to understand what services are included in the posted monthly or daily rental rates, and what services, if any, are available at an additional cost. Also make sure you understand what happens if you or your loved one should decide to or need to move from the Seniors Residence.
Once you've become familiar with the services and amenities offered in Seniors Residences, and identified the top candidates using The Care Guide and TheCareGuide.com, it's a good idea to make a list, actually two lists. The first is a list of the things you must have in order to live comfortably and the second, a list of what you would like to have, since what we need is often quite different from what we want. This checklist will be useful in helping you narrow your choices.
Next, call ahead to schedule a tour of each Seniors Residence. Many will offer a tour and a meal, to show off their Seniors Residence. Try to observe "a day in the life" at the Seniors Residence - perhaps attend some activities or stay for a meal. Many Seniors Residences offer short-term trial stays ranging from a couple of nights to a few weeks, which is an excellent way to truly "test the waters".
Here are some other suggestions to help you choose the Seniors Residence that can best suit your needs and preferences, or those of a loved one:
- While touring a Seniors Residence, ask if you can wander around on your own to get a better feel for the Seniors Residence.
- Ask residents about their experience at the Seniors Residence; their likes and dislikes - do residents appear to be happy and enjoying themselves?
- After a scheduled visit, drop in at the Seniors Residence another day at a different time of day to see if there are any differences.
- Ask for resident family references who you can contact for their opinions. When touring a Seniors Residence, keep in mind your lists - what you need and what you want
Feel free to contact us at 1-800-311-CARE or email@example.com
should you have any questions or require further assistance in finding appropriate Seniors Residences.
We also recommend you try using TheCareGuide.com's Provider Search
tool to search for senior's residences of all levels of care and services near you.